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Future of Modernization Paper 1
Running head: FUTURE OF MODERNIZATION PAPER
Future of Modernization Paper
Dawnette Dunkley
University of Phoenix
Sociology--120
Instructor: Loren Butler

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Future of Modernization Paper
Modernization, a concept sociologists use to describe the changing patterns set in motion by
the industrial revolution. Modernization attracts many divergent views and theories and its
influence on society is highly debatable. At issue is the theory of modernization that posits that
cultural change, economic development, and political change are predictable patterns that go
hand in hand. Regardless of people’s stance on this issue, some facts on which they can agree
are that, society is always evolving, changes have good and bad consequences, and the rate of
change occurs much faster, especially with the information revolution. Some theorists argue that
the advent of the industrial revolution created a different type of society; one that forces
developing countries to find ways to achieve similar achievements as their more affluent
counterparts or be left permanently behind. The reality is, not all modernized societies have
equal success in sustaining the process of modernization because of differences in politics,
education, and other institutions. This paper aims to examine how modernization manifests itself
in American society; it will also explore the likelihood of the continuation of modernization in
the United States. Additionally, it will examine whether or not modernization is a worldwide
trend and further explore the consequences of modernization. Furthermore, it will state which
theorist best reflect my perception of modernization.
The industrial revolution has had profound effect on American society and most people would
agree that its influence caused drastic social, economic, and institutional changes. Modernization
manifests itself in American society in various ways; these include the decline of small,
traditional communities; the expansion of personal choice; increase in social diversity; and
orientation toward the future and a keen awareness of time. With regard to decline of small,
traditional communities; for thousands of years small, rural communities in the United States

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